Two cities in Spain saw the kind of vehicular terror attacks this week such as we have previously seen in Nice, Berlin and London.
As of this writing, 14 people are dead in Barcelona and 100 are injured, some critically. In Cambrils, one person died and six others were injured. One police officer killed four of the terrorists.
When we hear of a car driving into a crowd now, we immediately think of terrorism. Donald J. Trump certainly does.
There have been incidents that turned out not to be terrorism. In Boston, on July 17, ten people were accidentally hurt when a car plowed into a group of taxi drivers.
Most of us sighed with relief when it was determined to be a bad driver rather than a terrorist.
One of the ongoing debates about last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Virginia is whether or not terrorism was involved. About one thing you can be very sure, it was ALL about terrorism.
James Alex Fields, a 20-year old Nazi from Ohio is the driver who killed Heather Heyer at that rally in Charlottesville.
Why is the President of the United States talking about statues and not calling out Fields as a terrorist?
Trump said on Tuesday that he had withheld comments because he was waiting to "get all the facts." That was a lie. He has never before waited for facts before assigning blame. In fact, he generally ignores facts because they seldom fit into his twisted narrative.
Now he has all the facts. All he can say is that there is blame on both sides.
The Nazis were and are all about terror. They ruled the streets of Nazi Germany as well as their conquered lands by striking fear into the hearts of residents.
Last Friday night's torch light parade was intended to do exactly that in Charlottesville, Virginia. America.
The Ku Klux Klan, founded after the Civil War was intended to terrorize newly emancipated black people to discourage them from seeking equality. Burning crosses, burning houses, beatings and lynchings were all part of the Klan's playbook.
Imagine being a black person in Charlottesville, Virginia that night, seeing an angry mob of Nazis marching down the street with torches. That could not have brought back any pleasant memories.
Mr. Trump says that the Nazis were peacefully marching to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. What does the chant, "Jews will not replace us" have to do with Robert E. Lee?
If it is all about the statues, Mr. Trump, then the fact that those protesting their removal were carrying swastikas should be enough to condemn those statues into oblivion.
James Alex Fields committed an act of terrorism by deliberately driving his car into a crowd of people PERIOD
Every single person marching along with swastika-carrying Nazis, KKK symbology or other knuckle-dragging white supremacists was there to instill fear in the hearts of those who reject hate, racism and bigotry.
They are all terrorists. No "fine person" marches alongside a swastika. The only heritage they want to preserve is one that subjugates all other races they consider inferior.
No one was marching for tax reform.
The blame is one sided, just as it is in Afghanistan. True, there is violence on both sides, but there are no "fine people" in the Taliban.
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